Vale of York MP Anne McIntosh soaked in beer by angry constituent

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VALE of York MP Anne McIntosh has had a half a pint of beer poured over her by an irate constituent.

Tory MP Ms McIntosh, was attacked by David Andrews, leader of an environmental pressure group, during Friday’s constituency surgery, which was held in a pub in Thirsk.

Ms McIntosh, who is a Shadow environment minister, said: “I regret to say that there was an unfortunate incident involving a constituent which is the first time this has ever happened to me or at one of my surgeries.

“Clearly the behaviour was unacceptable and it doesn’t help to promote either the issue or democracy.”

Mr Andrews leads the Dalton Incinerator steering committee, which is fighting proposals by North Yorkshire County Council to possibly site an incinerator at Dalton, near Thirsk.

He was unable to see Ms McIntosh because her surgery was fully booked, but went along and tipped the John Smith’s Smooth over her.

Mr Andrews, a Conservative voter, said: “Maybe it was the wrong thing to do, but she didn’t even listen to me and then said she disagreed. She just didn’t want to get involved.

“That was unacceptable and I tipped a pint over her head. I was really disappointed for it to come to this.”

In a later email to Ms McIntosh’s office, Mr Andrews apologised to the other constituents for the scene, but said: “I cannot say I am sorry for your personal humiliation and my bad behaviour.”

Police are aware of the incident, but no formal complaint has been made.

A Wetherspoons spokesman said: “Ms McIntosh does hold regular political surgeries at the pub and it’s unfortunate that this incident took place.”

Ms McIntosh, who has a 13,712 majority, was first elected for the seat in 1997. But in the forthcoming General Election, boundary changes mean she will be contesting the new Thirsk and Malton constituency.

Jonathan Roberts, Labour’s candidate for the seat, said: “I have to say this is deeply disappointing and completely out of character, especially given the force of his argument is so sound.”

Howard Keal, the Liberal Democrat candidate, said: “Whatever the feelings on this I don’t think a beer shampoo is the best way to advance an argument.

“I understand the frustrations of the group involved, but I hope that in the future it will be verbal assaults and not liquid ones.”

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8:41am Wed 10 Mar 10

Kiff says...

"Mr Andrews, a Conservative voter, said: 'Maybe it was the wrong thing to do, but she didn’t even listen to me and then said she disagreed.'"
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If she didn't agree then she must have been listening. Idiot.
"Mr Andrews, a Conservative voter, said: 'Maybe it was the wrong thing to do, but she didn’t even listen to me and then said she disagreed.'" . If she didn't agree then she must have been listening. Idiot. Kiff

9:33am Wed 10 Mar 10

sheps lad says...

Was he feeling bitter?
Was he feeling bitter? sheps lad

10:02am Wed 10 Mar 10

kennydebs says...

She didn't agree with him so he threw beer over her. I am sorry I thought we lived in a democracy and people we allowed to disagree with others. Is this a case of do as I say and think like I do or else!!
She didn't agree with him so he threw beer over her. I am sorry I thought we lived in a democracy and people we allowed to disagree with others. Is this a case of do as I say and think like I do or else!! kennydebs

10:55am Wed 10 Mar 10

the-doctor says...

Had cause to right to her once, in 2008. Still waiting for a reply.
Had cause to right to her once, in 2008. Still waiting for a reply. the-doctor

1:49pm Wed 10 Mar 10

Silver says...

Why do people feel the need to pour or throw food or drinks over Politicians? Surely just having a talk with them will let you know what they intend to do. Are there that many people out there who can't just be patient or send an email? Or a letter? and then get disgusted with all the process like the rest of us?
Why do people feel the need to pour or throw food or drinks over Politicians? Surely just having a talk with them will let you know what they intend to do. Are there that many people out there who can't just be patient or send an email? Or a letter? and then get disgusted with all the process like the rest of us? Silver

2:08pm Wed 10 Mar 10

Bishlad says...

Poor Anne, it seems everybody does not love her!!!
Poor Anne, it seems everybody does not love her!!! Bishlad

3:06pm Wed 10 Mar 10

Bishlad says...

Poor Anne, it seems everybody does not love her!!!
Poor Anne, it seems everybody does not love her!!! Bishlad

12:30pm Thu 11 Mar 10

evelyn_trent says...

If Anne McIntosh wore an macintosh it wouldn't have been so much of a problem.
If Anne McIntosh wore an macintosh it wouldn't have been so much of a problem. evelyn_trent

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